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Coronavirus: 151 new cases and 3 new deaths reported in Orange County on Sept. 8

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 151 new cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, increasing the cumulative total to 49,996 cases.

The current seven-day average for positive cases is 215 cases per day.

Orange County was lowered from the state’s more restrictive purple (widespread) tier to the red (substantial) tier. The county must remain on the red tier for at least three weeks before it can be assigned an even less restrictive tier. You can click on the image below to go to the state dashboard that explains what businesses can open under the new guidelines.

There were three new deaths reported in Orange County on Tuesday, raising the death total to 1,056. The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process, officials say. The most recent deaths were on Sept. 1.

Of the 1,056 deaths countywide, 394 were skilled nursing facility residents, 74 were in assisted living facilities and one was listed as homeless.

The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

  • 85 and older: 31% (330)
  • 75-84: 22% (224)
  • 65-74: 20% (210)
  • 55-64: 13% (150)
  • 45-54: 9% (92)
  • 35-44: 3% (30)
  • 25-34: 1.3% (15)
  • 18-24: <1% (4)
  • 17 and younger: 0% (1)

An estimated 10,355 new cases of the virus have been reported since Aug. 9.

It is estimated that about 87% of the cumulative reported cases, or 43,898 people as of Tuesday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

The county reports a total of 703,855 tests have been given since testing began, and at least 3,363 tests were reported in the last 24 hours. Orange County’s test positivity rate – the share of tests that come back positive – is about 4.2%.

The county reported 242 patients in hospitals with the coronavirus on Tuesday. It is the lowest hospitalization total since May 13. The peak in the county was 722 confirmed hospitalizations on July 14. The county report showed there are 70 patients in ICUs as of Tuesday, the lowest number since May 5.

Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.

You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.

Hospitalizations and deaths:


Orange County total cases by ZIP code for Sept. 8:

Case demographics as of Aug. 20:

Source: Orange County Register

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